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Backend Engineer, Trading Systems



Software Engineering
Posted on Thursday, May 30, 2024

About Nascent…

Founded in 2020, Nascent exists to build, expand, and capture opportunity, in open markets and permissionless technologies. Building from a base of permanent capital, we deploy assets across a range of both liquid and long-term strategies that ensure we are among the most active users of the open financial system we are helping to build. We've made venture investments in 50+ early-stage teams that we believe have the potential to create substantive change, expand boundaries, and find new horizons. We are consistently on the hunt for the most competitive and curious minds exploring the edges of the crypto ecosystem and leverage our hyper flexible structure to accelerate ideas into fully deployed strategies.

The Opportunity

As a Backend Engineer, Trading Systems on the Nascent engineering team you will play a critical role in building, supporting and maintaining the system and tools to support our proprietary trading system. From designing high impact and scalable components to solving complex design problems you will serve as an integral partner to our trading team. You may be the right person for this position if you’ve got a strong background deploying quality engineering practices within lean agile development teams to build best in class tools and products.

This is an incredible opportunity for an experienced and scrappy developer to make a meaningful impact on the bottom line of a fast-moving crypto-native firm. In this role, you have the opportunity to work with a fast-moving, high impact team, develop your skills in RUST and contribute to complex and iterative system development.


  • Architect, design and build the next phase of a world-class trading system
  • Ensure resilience and stability through quality code reviews, unit, regression and user acceptance testing
  • Contribute to system architecture and interface design
  • Take full ownership of multiple components including design, implementation, and maintenance
  • Be an integral contributor to a lean agile development team
  • Apply and be a proponent of quality engineering practices

About you

  • You thrive in less structured environments and are at your best when driving and delivering results with the freedom to build and execute your own plan
  • You are as excited by starting a project as completing, maintaining and continually optimizing it
  • You are resourceful and can tow the line between moving fast and breaking things and moving methodically to get things right the first time

Preferred experience

  • 2-8 years of full-time software engineering experience, ideally as a systems programmer (Rust, C++, GO). Bonus if you have experience with and/or interest in learning Rust.
  • Experience beyond testing (e.g. quality processes, verification & validation)
  • Experience building scalable, performant, production-level applications with regular release cycles
    • Performance sensitive engineering including multi-threading, streaming data, and concurrency
    • Distributed systems, micro services
  • Experience building trading systems is a strong plus, with an interest in and enthusiasm for the crypto space.

Our Team & Culture

At Nascent, we are an interdisciplinary team of investors, builders & creators, capable of achieving more together than we can as individuals. We offer the opportunity to contribute to building the future global economic system with a world-class team and culture that pairs the freedom to explore, experiment & play with a competitive drive to win. We invest in our people by providing the autonomy to build, coupled with accountability & honest feedback to help learn, grow, perform & win. Our distributed team understands the value of in-person time—we host two team retreats per year and encourage team members to come together for more frequent in-person work.

Principles that drive our team & work

  • Compete to win
  • Explore, experiment, play
  • Always be building
  • Seek and speak truth
  • Own your shit.

What We Offer

At Nascent, we offer a competitive total compensation package heavily weighted toward bonus, ensuring that when we perform at our best and the firm wins we all win.

  • The opportunity to learn, experiment and build in an entrepreneurial environment
  • Remote and distributed working environment
  • Comprehensive health benefits package including dental, vision, and life
  • 16 weeks fully paid parental leave & supported return to work
  • Home office setup and stipend or coworking space and wellness stipend
  • Retirement plan matching contributions
  • Open vacation policy as well as flexible work hours and location
  • Team activities and bi-annual in-person team retreats

We are an equal opportunity employer and celebrate diversity and differences of perspectives. We do not discriminate on the basis of any status, inclusive of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.